Local Students Join National March Against Gun Violence
Press release from March for Our Lives Humboldt:
Students from Arcata High School and North Coast Preparatory Academy are following in the footsteps of their peers from Parkland, Florida. They will hold a march against gun violence and the accessibility of AR-15s and bump stocks in solidarity with young people across the nation.
Marchers will assemble on March 24th, 2018 at 12 noon at the Arcata Playhouse for one hour of speeches and music, followed by a March to the Arcata Plaza and back.
There will be an opportunity for sign and button making starting at 11:30 AM. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs and good walking shoes, and be prepared for bad weather.
“We are planning this march to spread our views on gun regulation because we don’t want to die in school,” stated a March for Our Lives Humboldt organizer, Mira O’Barr. The march is in collaboration with the national March for Our Lives event, created by survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland, FL.
Like the national event, the march in Humboldt has had some blowback from the community. An Instagram was created specifically targeting March for Our Lives Humboldt, telling them “Don’t march, you will only be ruining lives not making them better.”
Despite the negativity targeted at the march, the Humboldt community has rallied in support of March for Our Lives Humboldt, with over 500 people having marked interested/going on Facebook.
Sophie Pereira, the Arcata mayor, came out in support saying “I don’t think we as a country would be having this conversation if it weren’t for high school students. High school students are the solution to this problem (of mass shootings).”
For more information visit: Facebook: March for Our Lives Humboldt (https://www.facebook.com/events/962378140587803/), or Instagram: @marchforourliveshumboldt (https://www.instagram.com/marchforourliveshumboldt/)